Sulong Pilipinas: Partners for Progress (Business) Top Actionable Recommendations
1. Agriculture and food security: To improve access to farm produce, the Departments of Agriculture (DA) and the of Trade and Industry (DTI), together with Local Government Units (LGUs), should set up a system where small farmers can efficiently deliver their produce to food hubs located in various cities and provinces where prices are regulated by LGUs.
2. Education and science and technology: To ensure continued learning for all students, especially those from lower-income families, the Department of Education (DepEd) and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) should partner with LGUs and private institutions in providing flexible learning materials, free WiFi connection, and access to computers for both students and teachers before the start of the next school year.
3. Financial inclusion and digitalization: To promote financial inclusion and digitalization, the government should implement the National Identification (ID) system and ensure the digital connectivity of all government agencies and LGUs as soon as possible.
Sulong Pilipinas: Youth for Progress Top Actionable Recommendations
1. Agriculture and food security: To boost countryside development, ensuring food security, and promoting the growth of agriculture, the participants urged the Department of Agriculture (DA) to work with local governments in providing organic farming training, mentorship programs, and the appropriate modern technology to farmers from impoverished communities by 2021. This includes ensuring the integrity and efficiency of the entire value chain—from farm to table—especially to ensure that farmers are not exploited.
2. Education and science and technology: To ensure continuity and quality of education at all times, the youth sector called on the Departments of Education (DepEd) and of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to improve internet infrastructure, boost speed, ensure proper training, and explore short message service or SMS and other telecommunications channels for students, parents, and teachers, by August 2020, as well as realign budgets to promote preparedness for flexible learning.
3. Financial inclusion and digitalization: To expedite the distribution of government aid to affected households during calamities and similar situations, the Departments of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and of Health (DOH), DICT and Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) should work together to incorporate the appropriate socio-economic information in the National ID System by 2021, and utilize these in data-driven and evidence-based programs.
SULONG PILIPINAS: THE 2019 STUDENTS’ TAX CONVENTION TOP ACTIONABLE RECOMMENDATIONS
- Prioritize countryside development and rural businesses to increase opportunities for those outside urban areas.
- Provide more financial support for scientists and increase funding for science and technology.
- Build more medical facilities with adequate equipment and properly compensated medical professionals in rural areas.
Partial actionable recommendations from Sulong Pilipinas: Pre-SONA 2019
- To ensure that K-12 is well implemented and education is relevant, DepEd and CHED should enhance the skills of instructors, and identify and integrate emerging in-demand skills for students into curricula. Teachers’ salaries should increase by 2020.
- To achieve water security, the DPWH should prioritize the rehabilitation of existing water dams, and the government as a whole should consider the creation of a Department of Water, Water Regulation Commission, and National Water Corporation.
- To attract investors and spur business, the Office of the President, the DTI, and other concerned agencies should ensure the effective implementation of the Ease of Doing Business Law, and appoint the head of the Anti Red Tape Authority (ARTA).